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Company Overview of Herbert Smith Freehills

Company Overview

Herbert Smith Freehills provides legal services for corporations in Australia, Asia, North America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. It offers legal advice in the areas of banking and finance, competition and market regulation, corporate, employee relations, energy and resources, environment and planning, financial services, healthcare, infrastructure projects, intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution, mining, private equity, property, taxation, and technology and communications; and restructuring, turnaround, and insolvency. The company serves clients in various industry sectors, including banking and financial services, construction, energy, insurance, health, mi...

MLC Centre

19 Martin Place

Sydney, NSW 2000


Founded in 1852


61 2 9225 5000


61 2 9322 4000

Key Executives for Herbert Smith Freehills

Joint Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner
Joint Chief Executive Officer
Chairman of National Board and Deputy Senior Partner
Managing Partner
Chief Financial Officer
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Herbert Smith Freehills Key Developments

Herbert Smith Freehills Announces Departure of James Robinson as Tokyo Corporate and M&A Head

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has suffered another departure from its Asian practice, with Tokyo corporate and M&A head James Robinson defecting to Morrison & Foerster (MoFo). Robinson joined HSF legacy firm Herbert Smith in 1999 and has been based in Tokyo for the past 10 years. He specialises in advising Japanese multinationals in a range of sectors such as technology, life sciences and financial services.

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) Hires Two Corporate Partners

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has hired two corporate partners from Ashurst's Australia and Japanese offices. Damien Roberts will be based in HSF's Tokyo office, while Ian Williams will reside in Brisbane. Both will begin their roles at their new firm in early 2015. Roberts has been based in Tokyo since July 2011, specialising in M&A with a particular focus on the energy and mining sectors. In his new position, he will work closely with Tokyo's corporate head Graeme Preston and the energy chief Andy Blacoe. Williams has been a partner at Ashurst since 2000, working from both its Sydney and Brisbane offices. He is a member of Ashurst's global board. He is also made waves outside the legal profession, as the only person ever to have played rugby for both Australia and Japan.

Herbert Smith Freehills Presents at Gas Asia Summit (GAS), Oct-28-2014 through Oct-30-2014

Herbert Smith Freehills Presents at Gas Asia Summit (GAS), Oct-28-2014 through Oct-30-2014. Venue: Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Level 4, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, Singapore. Presentation Date & Speakers: Oct-29-2014, Nick Kouvaritakis, Associate, Richard Nelson, Partner.

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